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USFWS Resource Assistant Fellows Program (paid)

There are opportunities currently available with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Service’s Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program. These are paid fellowships.  Please circulate this information far and wide.  This is a great program; wonderful experiences and Fellows are given hiring preference with the Service.  These are great opportunities for your students.

The 55 programs cover the nation.  The website for the program is as follows:


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards, Clark

Clark Winchell

Division Chief
Conservation Partnerships Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA  92008
Phone:     760.431.9440  ext 275



Earth Law Center Internships

This summer I was privileged to work with ELC as an intern. The flexible schedule and location were a perfect fit for me, and I was excited to work for an organization that shares my values. I didn’t know a ton about earth law before finding this opportunity, but I quickly learned that I believe whole-heartedly in the work ELC is doing. The internship was non-traditional in the sense that all of my work was conducted online, but I still gained valuable experience and connections that will be extremely helpful once I start my job search. I would strongly recommend this internship.
Audrey Grant, Research & Writing Associate, Earth Law Center (summer 2017)
Despite decades of environmental legislation, the health of our planet continues to decline. To better address the pressing environmental challenges of today, Earth Law – an emerging form of governance — provides legal rights to nature and gives a stronger voice to local communities and indigenous groups in decisions that impact the environment.
Within this movement, Earth Law Center (ELC) is a 501c3 non-profit works to transform the law to recognize and protect nature’s inherent rights to exist, thrive and evolve. This work strengthens current environmental protection efforts and takes the form of new laws, ordinances and governance plans.
ELC is seeking internships for students to gain experience in this innovative field, in a rapidly growing organization and with a growing internal team and external partner network.
  • Online research for ocean and river initiatives
  • Option to write blogs if interested
  • This role will be remote (if student is based in New York, Denver or Spokane, face to face meetings with ELC staff possible)
  • Prefer 15-20 hours a week for duration of the internship
  • Every effort will be made to accomodate student preferences for projects and areas
  • ELC will provide a signed letter/form to confirm task completion and any evaluations needed by the school
Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their experience and how it applies to this position and a resume to Darlene Lee at

Jackson Lake State Park in Orchard, Colorado is currently seeking applicants for our summer ranger positions

Jackson Lake State Park in Orchard, Colorado is currently seeking applicants for our summer ranger positions.  Please feel free to share this email with fellow departments, students, and graduates who may be interested in working with Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Jackson Lake is situated in northeastern of Colorado (about 1 hour from Denver), and is known as an “oasis on the plains”. We are recognized for our camping, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing opportunities.  There are many opportunities as a seasonal ranger to learn new skills, develop an understanding for the job, and create lasting relationships.

We will be accepting applications until February 12th, and conducting interviews in mid-February.  Every applicant will receive an interview.  If the applicant is not local, we will accommodate with a phone or Skype interview.  The start date is typically around April/May.  We also have housing available for those employees who will require a place to stay.

Applications can also be found on our website at:


Please have students email their completed application, cover letter, and resume to ;  They may also mail to Jackson Lake State Park, 26363 County Road 3, Orchard, CO 80649

Amy Brandenburg

Park Manager II

Jackson Lake State Park

26363 County Road 3, Orchard, CO 80649 


University of South Dakota is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience)

The Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience).”  Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity.  In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River.  The students will conduct an independent research project (see below), participate in six field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project. Sustainable RIVER Flyer.

Mark Swanson 2017 Arete Award recipient

Mark E. Swanson has been awarded the 2017 Arete Award for Outstanding Faculty Member for his work since 2014 as a Faculty Fellow with the Washington Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  The Arete Awards are presented annually by WSU’s Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, and United Greek Association.  Dr. Swanson’s work with the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon has included motivational talks, group and individual mentoring sessions, special training sessions (outdoors skills, study skills), and career development guidance.

Cornelius Adewale, doctoral student is awarded Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize

Sustainable farming pioneer wins Bullitt Prize

Bullitt Environmental Prize winner Cornelius Adewale sifts soil in his laboratory. The third WSU winner of the prize in the past six years, Adewale is advised by Associate Professor Lynne Carpenter-Boggs (Seth Truscott/WSU Photo).
Bullitt Environmental Prize winner Cornelius Adewale sifts soil in his laboratory. The third WSU winner of the prize in the past six years, Adewale is advised by Associate Professor Lynne Carpenter-Boggs (Seth Truscott/WSU Photo).

Cornelius Adewale, doctoral student and sustainable agriculture pioneer at Washington State University’s School of the Environment, is the winner of the 11th Annual Bullitt Environmental Prize, the Bullitt Foundation announced today.

The Bullitt Prize recognizes people with extraordinary potential to become powerful and effective leaders in the environmental movement.

Adewale’s research focuses on improving the environmental impact of agriculture. He is developing tools farmers can use to evaluate farming practices, so they can store more carbon, reduce chemical fertilizers, and produce more food.

“Without food in their bellies, people have no time for anything else,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation and first national organizer of Earth Day in 1970. “Cornelius is working at the leading edge of research to find ways to produce more food, even as we fight climate change and dramatically reduce the use of pesticides,” he added.

“My grandmother taught me to think big,” Adewale said. “The Bullitt Prize offers me the chance to expand my work to a global scale.”

Raised by his grandmother in rural Nigeria, Adewale turned down a safe job with a steady income to pursue his dreams. After building a successful organic farm outside of Lagos with just $20, he came to Washington State University – home to the first academic major in organic agriculture.

“I am trying to change the way we farm,” said Adewale.

“Cornelius’ work is exactly the type of forward-thinking research we’ve come to measure our college by,” said Ron Mittelhammer, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. “He’s an example of how to overcome obstacles, think globally and create positive impacts—this recognition is well-deserved.”

The 2017 Bullitt Prize is being presented to Adewale at an awards banquet in Seattle. Winners receive $100,000 over two years to advance their research.

Adewale is the third WSU recipient of the Bullitt Environmental Prize in the past six years. View a list of winners at

  • Learn more about the Bullitt Foundation here.
  • Learn more about the WSU School of the Environment here.

Sex that moves mountains: Spawning fish can influence river profiles

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

fish PULLMAN, Wash. – It turns out that sex can move mountains.

A Washington State University researcher has found that the mating habits of salmon can alter the profile of stream beds, affecting the evolution of an entire watershed. His study is one of the first to quantitatively show that salmon can influence the shape of the land.

Alex Fremier, lead author of the study and associate professor in the WSU School of the Environment, said female salmon “fluff” soil and gravel on a river bottom as they prepare their nests, or redds. The stream gravel is then more easily removed by flooding, which opens the underlying bedrock to erosion.

“The salmon aren’t just moving sediment,” said Fremier. “They’re changing the character of the stream bed, so when there are floods, the gravel is more mobile.” More…..

Gases from ancient Inland Northwest volcanic eruptions blocked out sun, cooling planet

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

Palouse FallsPULLMAN, Wash. – The Pacific Northwest was home to one of the Earth’s largest known volcanic eruptions, a millennia-long spewing of sulfuric gas that blocked out the sun and cooled the planet, Washington State University researchers have determined.

Only two other eruptions — the basalt floods of the Siberian Traps and the Deccan Traps — were larger, and they led to two of the Earth’s great extinctions.

“This would have been devastating regionally because of the acid-rain effect from the eruptions,” said John Wolff, a professor in the WSU School of the Environment. “It did have a global effect on temperatures, but not drastic enough to start killing things, or it did not kill enough of them to affect the fossil record.” More….